Fitbit has announced to launch a new feature to detect snoring and background sounds. The company is rolling out the Noise and Snore detection feature for its smartwatches. It will give users insights into snoring and other sounds. Users will require enabling the feature. For this, they will have to go to the Sleep page on Fitbit’s app. The feature will use the microphone of the device. The company has added a ‘Check for snoring‘ card on the Sleep page. Enabling it will activate the feature. Users can learn more about the app by visiting the ‘Learn more’. According to Fitbit, the app will record two metrics. These are Sound intensity and Snoring events. Fitbit was acquired by search engine giant Google in January this year.
Fitbit said that the microphone of the device will record noise-related information in the environment. It will collect data when Fitbit detects that the user is asleep. Fitbit will make a recording by analyzing the noise level. The feature will also record information of other people in the room. The device won’t distinguish among people who are snoring in a room. It means that Fitbit will start recording sounds if it was not from the person wearing the device in a common room. Fitbit will, however, make efforts to differentiate between snoring and other sounds once it detects a louder noise above the baseline level. Users can disable the Noise and Snore detection feature by going to Settings.
The new feature will let users hear the ambient noise. Fitbit has also rolled out an update for its app on the Play Store. The company said that the new feature will affect the device’s battery capacity as it will use the microphone. The company has recommended that users should keep their device’s battery charge at 40 percent before using the feature. Users can delete the snoring and other sounds at any time. Fitbit said that the new feature will help in diagnosing the medical conditions of individuals and proper treatment. Google after acquiring Fitbit had said that it will work towards making health and wellness accessible to people.